Opportunities for U.S. Business in the Arab World, with a Special Focus on Iraq

Monday, September 26, 2011. Featuring Naufel Al-Hassan, David Hamod and Kevin Reichelt

National U.S. – Arab Chamber of Commerce (NUSACC)
Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle
Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce
State of Washington Department of Commerce
US Export Assistance Center – Seattle

are pleased to invite you to a business roundtable focusing on

Opportunities for U.S. Business in the Arab World, with a Special Focus on Iraq


Naufel Al-Hassan
Commercial Counselor
Embassy of the Republic of Iraq

David Hamod
National U.S. – Arab Chamber of Commerce

Kevin Reichelt
Iraq Desk Officer
U.S. Department of Commerce

Monday, September 26, 2011
8:00 am – 9:30 am
Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce
1301 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2500
Downtown Seattle

$15 in advance
$25 at the door
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Opportunities for U.S. Business in the Arab World, with a Special Focus on Iraq

Naufel A. Alhassan has served as Commercial Counselor at the Embassy of Iraq in Washington DC since March, 2008. Prior to that, Mr. Alhassan served as the Foreign Relations Advisor to Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki from 2007 – 2008. While in exile in the United States in the early 1990s, Mr. Alhassan formed the first Iraqi-American organization in Arizona.

Mr. Alhassan received a BSC in Chemical Engineering and a MSE in Semiconductor Processing and Manufacturing from Arizona State University. In addition, he attended a Doctoral program in Management at the University of Phoenix focusing on “International Organization Leadership.” He has engineering and management experience in the Middle East and in the United States, having worked in the Semiconductor sector for more than a decade.

In his capacity as Commercial Counselor, Mr. Alhassan has conducted interviews with such media outlets as CNN, FOX, and NPR. He is the author of many articles that focus primarily on economic impacts in emerging democracies, E-government, and Iraq and Middle East economic and trade relationships.

Mr. Alhassan was born in Baghdad. He currently lives in Potomac, Maryland with his wife and five children.

David A. Hamod has been a prominent member of the U.S. business community for more than two decades. In 1988, he founded Intercom International Consultants, a Washington-based consulting firm that has served as an advisor to numerous business groups, including more than 30 U.S. companies.

Prior to launching Intercom, Mr. Hamod worked for the Brookings Institution, IBM Corporation, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), and The New York Times, among others.
Mr. Hamod has testified before the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives on numerous occasions. In 1997, in a ceremony on Capitol Hill, Mr. Hamod was honored with a “Patriot of the Expatriates Award” for his outstanding commitment to U.S. international business competitiveness.

In recent years, Mr. Hamod has held leadership positions in such organizations as the American Business Council of the Gulf Countries, the Small Business Exporters Association, the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), and the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy.

Mr. Hamod was chosen as “Rotarian of the Year” in Washington, D.C. in 1996. He served as President of the Rotary Club of Washington D.C. and was named “Outstanding President” in District 7620 (USA).

Mr. Hamod is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University (M.A.) and the University of Iowa (B.A.). His studies also took him to Yale University and the American University in Cairo, Egypt. He was selected as the University of Iowa’s “Distinguished Young Alumnus” for 1999-2000 and, ten years later, the U.I. Honors Program chose him as its first “Outstanding Alumnus.”

Kevin Reichelt is the Iraq Desk Officer in the Middle East Office for the Department of Commerce. Mr. Reichelt primarily works on trade policy and tracks the political and commercial climate of the Middle East. He also assists on trade promotion projects with Commerce’s Iraq Investment and Reconstruction Task Force. His present portfolio encompasses Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, and Iraq, but he also can speak on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, North Africa, and the Levant. Mr. Reichelt has spent the majority of his time abroad in Iraq and Qatar.

Prior to joining the U.S. Government, Mr. Reichelt was an attorney for a nongovernmental organization focused on researching the interaction of intellectual property (IP) rights and economic development. His research and consultative services focused on the use of IP as a tool for economic development in developing countries. Mr. Reichelt’s projects ranged from advising the Governments of Botswana and Namibia on technology transfer strategies and cultural property, to presenting anti-counterfeiting and piracy initiatives for WTO accession in the Russian Federation. He has lectured at St. Petersburg State University, and has been a presenter at the Global Intellectual Property Academy at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Mr. Reichelt obtained his JD at the University of Oregon, School of Law and an LL.M. in Public International Law from University College London, United Kingdom.


Registration: Admission is $15 for members and $25 at the door. Refunds may not be accepted after Thursday, September 22nd. To register over the phone or if you have questions please contact Allison Peterson at (206) 389-7227 or [email protected].

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